The holidays are in full swing and many of us may feel like we’re fighting a constant battle of choosing the lesser of many waist line evils at holiday parties, feeling guilty after overindulging and not having enough time for exercise. When you find yourself feeling like this, don’t throw in the towel; tomorrow is always a new day and a new opportunity to make healthy choices.
Whether you are entertaining guests or attending a holiday gathering hosted by a friend or family member, having a plan before you walk up to the smorgasboard of heavy hor d’oeuvors and decadent desserts can make a world of difference and allow you to leave feeling satisfied but not stuffed, treated but not guilty.
This week’s LHI Tip of the Week comes from our friends at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
- Fill half your plate with vegetables and fruit – a variety of vegetables adds color to your meal, with less room for large portions of meat.
- Cut back on sugar – use non-nutritive sweeteners in place of sugar or reduce the amount of sugar in recipes
- Lower the fat – make substitutions or omit ingredients and condiments like butter and margarine
- Be dessert smart – cut desserts in smaller pieces (see photo above!), serve a platter of fresh fruit or bake fewer varieties of traditional cookies and bars.
For more information about Healthier Holiday Meals and other wellness tips, visit Words on Wellness.